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Permit application filed for massive project

That hush-hush big building project planned for the West Plains near Spokane International Airport, rumored to be a massive Amazon fulfillment center, has a permit application in front of Spokane...

Cheney institutional zone moves to council

Cheney Planning Commission gave its blessing at its June 11 meeting to the creation of a new zone in the city. The “Institutional Zone” would establish areas that provide greater development flexibility for public structures and uses such as...

Airway Heights council looks at water/sewer resolution

A water and sewer rate resolution to the new development of Highland Village was discussed at the June 11 Airway Heights study session meeting. Public Works Director Kevin Anderson asked the council to consider reducing the general facility...

Auto restoration business opens in Medical Lake

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter A long-vacant corner of Medical Lake commercial real estate is getting spiffed up by making vehicles of all kinds look, and maybe run, nice. Rick Wright has recently...

West Medical gets fish treatment

(Editor's Note: This is part one of a two-part series on the planned treatment to remove an invasive population of goldfish in West Medical Lake.) A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) ...

Cheney planners seek public input on downtown

Cheney Planning Department officials are inviting residents to come to the City Hall auditorium or the Wren Pierson Community Center later this month to answer one question. What kind of city is Cheney? The meeting, which takes place June 25 at 5...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY June 4 Financial fraud was reported on the 700 block of Clover Street. Someone was having someone else’s mail forwarded to another address. Suspicious circumstances were reported on the 200 block of South Cheney-Spangle Road. A third-party...

Farmers opens in Cheney Merchants Center

Marc Hughes cuts the ribbon opening his Cheney branch of Farmers Insurance last Friday morning, June 8. Hughes office is located at 1833 First...

Frontier announces new nonstop service to Las Vegas

Spokane International Airport officials announced in a June 5 news releasse that Frontier Airlines has new nonstop service from Spokane International Airport (GEG) to Las Vegas. The twice-weekly year-round service will begin on August 13, 2018. The...

Open for nice smiles

Best Impression Dental's Dr. Alicia Burton (right) with husband Jonathan (left) and West Plains Chamber of Commerce executive director, Toby Broemmeling, were on hand with employees and others on...

Cheney lands 32 on all-league teams

Softball's Gary Blake and boys tennis' Jesse Erickson named coaches of the year The following Cheney High School student-athletes have been named to All-Great-Northern-League teams for spring sports. ...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school or facility websites to confirm.) BASEBALL AA American Legion Friday, June 15, Medical Lake hosts Riverside (2), 5 p.m. Monday, June 18, Medical Lake hosts Rogers, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20,...

Errors add up in losses for Medical Lake Legion

If there was an error counter last week for Medical Lake's American Legion Post 196 AA baseball team it might have run out of digits. The results were not surprising, and they suffered through some...

How long will the motors keep roaring around these parts?

June 11 is just another day in the calendar, unless you are Joe Montana, TV doctor Oz Mehmet, or others who had birthdays this past Monday. It was also June 11, 1919 that Sir Barton claimed the Belmont Stakes to become the first horse to win the...

Former EWU Quarterback Matt Nichols is sidelined

After suffering an apparent knee injury in a June 6 practice, former Eastern Washington University and current Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols will be sidelined for a while. “He is going to be out four to six weeks — we will put...

Isaiah's Illinois-bound

Isaiah Rigo signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Illinois on a full-ride scholarship to compete in their wheelchair track and field...

Lady Blackhawks look for continued softball success

By all accounts, the 2018 Cheney High School softball season was not only one to remember, but also one for the record books. The Lady Blackhawks posted a 19-4 record, tied for the second most wins in head coach Gary Blake’s 15-years at the helm....

Who benefits from the 'Booming Economy?'

Although the U.S. mass media are awash with stories about America’s “booming economy” the benefits are distributed very unequally, when they are distributed at all.  Buoyed by soaring corporate profits and stock prices, the richest Americans...

Graduation is a time for reflection

I could sit here and write about politics this week since there seems to be a lot going on, but I just really don’t enjoy diving into that. And who wants to really and truly read about it? Not me. So I am going to talk about graduation and the...

Plastic straws are public enemy number one

By FRANK WATSON Contributor Seattle is leading the effort to save our planet from ourselves. They have joined Portland and a host of California cities in the battle against plastic drinking straws. A school boy noticed discarded straws outside fast...

Andrus named to student support services role

Cheney Public Schools announced in a June 11 news release that it has named Dr. Robin Andrus as the assistant director of Student Support Services. Andrus earned her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Washington University, graduating cum laude, as...

EWU receives College Spark Washington Grant

As the academic year at Eastern Washington University is winding down, the most recent funds given to EWU was the College Spark Washington Grant. This grant will provide EWU with $149,573. The organization gave $1.5 million overall in community...

Hallet Elementary announces May, June awards

Kindergarten Musselwhite: Ryley Paul. Nkechukwu Okemgbo. Danker: Andrew Freeman, Tatianna Hartwell. Williams: Kaden Eckel, Josias Martinez, Maeve Halme. Haase: Alex Medina-Sanchez, Arianna Ramson, Ben Halme. First Grade Coriell: Shelby Stevens,...

Three Springs grads celebrate

Graduates of Cheney's Three Springs High School celebrate their achievement with the traditional mortarboard toss after their June 7 commencement at City Hall. Graduates are Cassidy Anderson, Jeusha...

Sendoff at Shriner's

Medical Lake Alternative High School held its commencement ceremony on Friday, June 8, at the Shriner's Event Center. Those receiving diplomas included, front row (L-R): Autumn Port, Jami Williamsen, ...

Graduating awards

Graduating Cheney High School students were recognized at last week's senior assembly, including athletes (above) who received the Mayor's Award. Also receiving awards were Evarosa Perry and Hunter...

Cheney United Methodist choir hits Carnegie Hall

Cheney United Methodist Church choir director Mary Jane Shevais had never heard of Distinguished Concerts, International New York City until the day last September when she returned home from judging ...

Celebrate 2018 with four special garden honorees

It's a year-long celebration of flavor and beauty as we honor and grow the beet, coreopsis, calibrachoa and tulip. The National Garden Bureau (NGB) has declared 2018 the year of these garden...

West Plains Briefs

Cheney blood drive June 22 The Inland Northwest Blood Center together with Cheney community volunteers led by coordinator Duane Isaac will hold a blood drive on Friday, June 22, from 1:30 – 5 p.m. at the Marketplace Bakery & Eatery on First...

Former and current Blackhawks unite for this year's commencement

Ray Strieff, a 70-year graduate of Cheney High School, joined the celebration of 2018 graduates Corbin Ryan, Calvin Edwards and Cole Smith held at J&M Fabrication in Cheney last week. Over those 70...

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Seventy-five years ago in 1943, Clarence Martin sold the F.M. Martin Grain & Milling Company to Nabisco. Learn more about our area’s history at w...

Churches

Cheney Community Church Cheney Community Church is joining Resonate Church and the Cheney Church of the Nazarene this year for a combined Vacation Bible School (VBS). The VBS is scheduled July 16 – 20; however, there are some pre-events in the...

Serving Our Nation

Lt. Col. James A. Hayes, U.S. Army, graduated from the U.S. Army War College at historic Carlisle Barracks, Pa., having earned a master’s degree in strategic studies on June 8, 2018. Hayes is from St. Maries, Idaho, with relatives currently...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago June 12, 2008 Despite intermittent rain and cool temperatures, amplified by incessant wind, the Cheney Farmers Market kicked off its 2008 season. This marked the fifth year the event was held. Medical Lake School District’s fastest...

Raceway's Oval opener

As he wrote in the June 14 edition of Crunch Time, reported Paul Delaney was on hand 40 years ago to take in the first-ever stock car race at Spokane Raceway Park. Some of those photos from decades...

Medical Lake takes on CV/EV:

The Medical Lake American Legion Post 196 baseball team hosted the Central Valley/East Valley combined squads at Holliday Field this past Monday, June 11. ML's AA ...

Ronny (Ron) Frank Weston

Ronny (Ron) Frank Weston, 64, died instantly on June 6, 2018 in a powered hang glider accident. Ron always loved seeking new adventures; he left us, doing exactly what he wanted, enjoying life and...

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